The notorious ‘narrative’

TV news channel viewers who, if lucky to hear something from amidst the din of the tube, would not have missed the subtle shift in the debates in the last few years. I am not referring to the nature of the debate, which remains the same: Noisy and incomprehensible. What I am alluding to is the new language and lexicon by which it has, well, remained the same: Noisy and incomprehensible. Continue Reading

Me 2.0: A 2019 sequel

I have set my goal for 2019: freedom, liberation. I have used these terms interchangeably though they are not the same. Liberation represents a loftier ideal but compressing it to my convenience comes under, well, press freedom. Yes, I just want to be free. Continue Reading

From banking to bunking

The most disturbing aspect about bankers is the sinister timing of their agitations. A close study of the ‘strike-holiday-weekend’ trend will prove this point. Normally, it used to be Pongal time. But, this year, the bankers have chosen Christmas, not of course precluding the Pongal possibility. Continue Reading

Nature’s second nature

Nature is beautiful, bountiful, blissful and benevolent. But it also often defies its own nature, and turns brutal and beastly. Gaja is the latest reminder that behind Mother nature’s picture perfect facade lurks a potential monster with multiple faces. Continue Reading

Random Reflections

Without prejudice to friends of other faiths, I can say with pride (I concede it may not be fashionable or even prudent, though) that Hinduism, with its myriad godheads, festivals, rituals, traditions, sects and systems is the greatest celebration of God’s diverse creation. Continue Reading

Fate of State

A spate of judgements and observations just in the last three months by the Madras High Court paint a pathetic picture about the state of the State, both government as well the society. Coming down heavily on the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department over idol thefts in Tamilnadu, the HC said if such a situation continued, it would be constrained to hand over all the related cases to the CBI. Continue Reading